mandamus

[man-dey-muh s]Law.
noun, plural man·da·mus·es.
  1. a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.
verb (used with object)
  1. to intimidate or serve with such writ.

Origin of mandamus

From the Latin word mandāmus we command
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mandamus

Historical Examples of mandamus


British Dictionary definitions for mandamus

mandamus

noun plural -muses
  1. law formerly a writ from, now an order of, a superior court commanding an inferior tribunal, public official, corporation, etc, to carry out a public duty

Word Origin for mandamus

C16: Latin, literally: we command, from mandāre to command
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mandamus
n.

1530s, "writ from a superior court to an inferior one, specifying that something be done," (late 14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin, literally "we order," first person plural present indicative of mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper